The great irony of Greg doing an episode about bullying is that the three of us bully each other more than any three humans I know. But it's all in the name of love. And sometimes it's in the name of ridicule. But mostly love. And ridicule.
We had some fun with this episode but it goes without saying that bullying is a serious issue. It's driven young people to some very dark places that involve depression, anger, and even murder and suicide. Why is that some people enjoy making other people feel badly about themselves? What is it in them that drives them to behave this way? We touched on insecurity and I think that is a huge part of it. Watching other people struggle makes you forget about your own struggles, albeit for a brief amount of time. I mean, what other reason is there for people to watch reality TV?
John and I admitted being on both ends of bullying. I don't recall Greg saying anything about bullying anyone, outside of John and I. I fully admit that I have said things to people that made them feel badly. It's something I regret very much. Mostly, like John, I was a comedian. I wanted to get laughs and occasionally it came at the expense of others and I truly wish I had been a better person and not allowed myself to tear someone down simply to get a laugh. But as we talked about extensively, junior high and high school are hard. You're trying really hard to figure things out and it's not easy. I was definitely on the other end of the bullying spectrum far more often. It sucked. Ten year old kids should never fear walking home from the bus stop like I was. It's not fair. John was more forgiving about his bully. Not me...I'm vengeful enough to hope the asshole who bullied me has a shitty life right now. No...I don't mean that. Or maybe I do.
I want to teach my son to always treat others with respect. At least unless they give you a strong reason not to. I don't want him to take shit from people. But at the end of the day there is no good reason to bully anyone. We need to make sure we teach our kids the ramifications of being a bully. Education is the biggest influence on young people and parents need to be at the forefront of it. If a certain ex-president's parents had taught him the value of respecting others we may be in a much different place as a country right now. So please...for the good of the nation...don't let your kids be assholes.
- Kevin Rosenquist